Letter dated 14 June 2002 from the Permanent Representative of the

Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of the Declaration by the heads of State of the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, signed in St. Petersburg on 7 June 2002 (see annex).

On behalf of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and as the representative of the country where the meeting took place, I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the General Assembly under agenda items 30, 36, 37, 57, 67, 74, 76, 96, 103, 162 and 163 of the preliminary list, and also of the Security Council.

(Signed) Sergey Lavrov


Annex to the letter dated 14 June 2002 from the Permanent Representative

of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

[Original: Russian and Chinese]

Declaration by the heads of State of the members

of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Today we, the heads of State of the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, solemnly signed the Charter — the basic constituent document of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). This event marks the creation of the legal foundation for a new international association, the establishment of which we proclaimed in June 2001 in Shanghai.

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The SCO member States express deep concern about the protracted crisis in the Middle East, which is having an adverse effect on regional and international security and stability. The SCO member States call upon Israel and Palestine to proceed immediately to implement the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, respond positively to the peace-keeping efforts of the international community, and resume the search for peaceful ways of resolving the dispute.

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(Signed) Jiang Zemin
President of the People’s Republic of China

(Signed ) N. A. Nazarbaev
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

(Signed ) A. A. Akayev
President of the Kyrgyz Republic

(Signed) V. V. Putin
President of the Russian Federation

(Signed) E. S. Rakhmonov
President of the Republic of Tajikistan

(Signed) I. A. Karimov
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

St. Petersburg, 7 June 2002

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 *  A/57/50/Rev.1.

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